Saturday, March 1, 2014

Crock Pot Ranch Potatoes

I live in the South, so stereo-typically, I love Ranch seasoning and dressing.  I also love the simplicity of using the crock pot.  However, the dishes are never "pretty" for a blog.  Oh, well.  I am tempted to not even show the after picture, as it always looks brown and gross.  Trust me the potatoes are wonderful, and a great addition to a cook out or pot luck.

Easy ingredients: about 2 pounds of red potatoes, one packet Ranch dressing mix, one can cream of mushroom, and 8 ounces of sour cream.  Low fat or full fat ingredients work fine for this recipe.

My potatoes were large, so I cut each into 6 pieces.  No need to peel them, unless you just want to.

Spray the crock pot with Pam (it just makes clean up easier, or you can skip this step) and mix it all together in the pot.  It will look like this before you start cooking.  Really, you could use more potatoes if you needed to.  

Cook 4-6 hours on Low.  My crock pot tends to cook more quickly than most, so 4/5 if all I need.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Bathroom Before

We moved into our house seven years ago.  I cannot believe it was that long ago.  We purchased the house from a house flipper, and most of the house was essentially brand new. We have enclosed the basement into a play/man room. We wound up having to take on less glamorous projects: entirely new heating and cooling system down to new duct work due to mold and a new roof.  So, the bathroom was moved down the list.

The home was built in 1962, so the master bath is tiny.

 (Now I know you are LOVING the fish door ;)

As you can see, tiny.  We plan to paint, replace the fish door, replace the mirror and lighting, add a fan, and hopefully add a window treatment of some kind.  I am not interested in a major gut of the bath at this time.  The tiles on the wall are white with black flecks in them.  

So, big question, what color?  

The top photo is in artificial light, and the bottom photo is natural light.  So, what do y'all think? 1, 2, 3, or 4?

Any other suggestions?

PS, Check out my new Etsy shop!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Greek Artichoke Chicken

I love artichoke and I went looking for a baked chicken dish on Pinterest, that did not include mayonnaise.  Well, I did not find much.  So, here is my attempt at a new dish!

I started with two large chicken breasts, mozarella, canned artichokes, small tomatoes, Penzy's Greek seasoning, Parmesean, and olive oil

I placed the breasts into a greased baking dish.  Place the mixture around it, and top with cheese:

 Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until done!

1 can artichoke hearts
1 small container tomatoes
2 chicken breasts
2 T Greek Seasoning
1 T Olive Oil
1/4 cup Parmesean 
1 cup Mozzarella

Spray the bottom of a glass baking dish, and preheat oven to 350.  Slice tomatoes in half, and chop artichokes.  Add tomatoes, artichokes, Greek seasoning, olive oil, and half the Parmesean to a bowl.  Mix well.  Place chicken in pan.  Place the mixture around the chicken.  Top with remaining cheeses.  Bake for 40 minutes!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Globe Lamp

I needed one more gift for the husband.  I was wondering our local thrift store and scored this globe for $3.99.  It was only the globe, the stand was long gone.  It took some effort to pry the two pieces apart, but with patience they came apart.  I purchased the accent beads at Hobby Lobby.  The lamp was something I already had, actually I bought it 13 years ago for $.99.  I sprayed it a light cream.  Voila, easy Christmas gift!